UGANDA SMALL SCALE INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION (USSIA) Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA) is a registered membership Non-Governmental Organization formed in 1979 with the aim of creating a forum and structures for supporting and enhancing growth in the Small Scale Industrial sector of Uganda. USSIA is, therefore, a grass-root based organization with a branch network of 14 Regional offices spread in districts across the country mainly in all Regions.

USSIA is driven to support and equip small and medium-sized enterprises especially the small-scale industrialists of Uganda for success and economic growth.

USSIA was formed out of the realization that there was a gap in terms of the representation and support of professional small & medium enterprises that want to grow and become large enterprises. Since then, the organization has grown to enormous levels having over 6000 members.

Our Sectors

  • Bakery

  • Meat & Fish Processing
  • Beer, Wines & Tea Processing
  • Grain Milling
  • Spices
  • Soft Drinks & Mineral Water
  • Animal Feeds

  • Welding

  • Metal Fabrication

  • Blacksmithing
  • Carpentry & Joinery

  • Sculpting
  • Saw Milling

  • Soaps & Detergents (Bar Soap, Liquid Soap, Powder Detergents etc.)
  • Foams (Mattresses, Pillows, Cushions etc.)
  • Chemical Products

  • Knitting

  • Surface Design

  • Tailoring

  • Weaving

  • Leather Footwear

  • Leather Goods (Belts, Wallets, Key holders, Bangles)

  • Leather Apparel (Clothes)

Leadership Structures

USSIA has functioning leadership structures in 27 Zones that are currently located in 25 political districts in the following locations: Kampala west, Kajjansi, Mpigi, Masaka, Kalangala, Rakai, Mbarara, Ntungamo, Rukungiri, Kabale, Kasese, Kabarole, Mubende, Mityana, Luwero, Mukono, Lugazi, Kangulumira, Jinja, Buwenge, Kamuli, Kaliro, Iganga, Bugiri, Busia, Mbale, Buwama and Masindi. A zone is the smallest leadership structure at the grass-root making the core membership of USSIA.

The Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA) is a leading organisation with the goal of supporting the development and competitiveness of SMEs.

It is comprised of a minimum of 20 voluntary member manufacturing enterprises in a particular geographic location that agree to constitute themselves into a zone. It is managed by a Zone Executive Committee made up of the Zone Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Women Desk Chairperson and four committee members.

The National Executive Committee oversees the operations of the secretariat on behalf of the board.


The USSIA Secretariat

The secretariat is the implementing arm of USSIA. It is headed by the Executive Director, with two main sections lead by a Membership Development Officer and a Service Development Officer. USSIA received a 1 year (2015-2016) extension partnership with HWK (Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Business, cologne- Germany) who are offering financial and technical assistance.